Sound Control in Your Space

Looking to better the sound control in your home? R-Pro can help! We install sound control and noise barrier systems in homes. Mineral insulation, specifically fiberglass, can significantly reduce sound transmission by absorbing sound. It is an economical way to improve the sound control in a space, while also enhancing the room’s thermal performance.

We install high-performing products like Owens Corning® QuietZone® Acoustic Batts. These are an essential part of controlling noise between rooms. The QuietZone acoustic batt actually absorbs sound vibrations within an interior wall cavity to control noise in a home. We also install Owen’s Corning® Sound Attenuation Batts, which ensure excellent acoustical performance in metal stud wall cavities. We will assess your specifications to recommend a noise-controlling solution for you.

There are three basic sound control strategies:

1. Block the path. This option involves blocking the path of the noise through walls, floors or ceilings by using heavier building materials (for example, adding one or two layers of gypsum to a wall construction). This can present a problem in lightweight construction because the increased weight may not be structurally practical or aesthetically pleasing and would be more expensive.

2. Break the path of the vibration. Interior and exterior walls and floors/ceilings transmit sound by vibrations from one face to another. These vibrations travel through structural elements such as studs or floor joists. Interfering with these vibrations offers a practical method of reducing sound transmission by as much as 6 to 10 dBs. This can be accomplished in two ways. First you can add resilient metal channels between the gypsum wall board and the wooden stud or a ceiling joist to break the vibration path. Or you can use staggered wood studs with ½ ” gypsum board and 3½ ” thick wood framing batt insulation.

3. Absorb the sound. This option uses mineral fiber glass insulation to fill the spaces between walls, floors and ceilings. This can further improve the performance of discontinuous construction by 5 to 12 dBs. This method also offers the benefit of thermal control.

We have excellent sound control resources in our Technical Library.

Source of information: Owens Corning, Sound Control

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